Section A

Following on from its investigation of spatialization processes from the perspective of actors, in the SFB 1199’s second phase the Research Area A asks more specifically about the special role of spatial entrepreneurs. In this way, we want to further strengthen the intentional dimension of spatialization and the creation of spatial formats that differ from spatialization practices, whose possibly unintended effect are spatial formats. By selecting case studies that cover points and periods from over two centuries and that cover such diverse regions such as Western and Eastern Europe, North America, Africa, and Central, East, and South Asia, the Research Area has a sufficient empirical basis for theory formation while avoiding the danger of Eurocentrism.

Section B

Research Area B covers the historical development of respatialization up to the immediate present and is thereby concerned with the analysis of rise and decay, detachment and legacies of spatial orders, as well as with the entanglements and closures of spatial orders. The projects tend to move closer to the present, project B1 starts in the 19th century, while all other projects take a look at the 20th or 21st centuries. These projects cover colonial empires spanning various continents as well as transregional configurations of conflict, infrastructures, and medical treatment.

Section C

Research Area C focuses on the investigation of imaginations of spatialization in a world-regional comparative setting and through transregional interdependence analyses. In addition, imaginations of alternative spatial orders are presented as a response to the development of global interdependencies and flows, which can also undermine the legitimacy of existing spatializations. In such processes, the comparison between processes in different regions of the world has a decisive role. This holds true not only for the individual projects that deal with geographical societies or maps and atlases in very different countries, but also for the Research Area as whole, with its study of transregional interactions through literary imaginations and digital technologies in Asia and Africa.

Former Projects

Project C05

Maps of Globalization: The Production and the Visualization of Spatial Knowledge

Project C04

Land Imaginations: The Repositioning of Farming, Productivity, and Sovereignty in Australia

Project C02

Spatial Fictions: (Re)Imaginations of Nationality in the Southern and Western Peripheries of the 19th-century United States

Project C01

“Our Field is the World”: An International Comparison of Geographical Societies 1821–1914

Project B07

“New Regionalisms” and Violent Conflicts in Africa: The Politics of the AU and ECOWAS in Mali and Guinea-Bissau

Project B05

Border-Transcending Assemblages of Medical Practices

Project B03

East-South Relations during the Global Cold War: Economic Activities and Area Studies Interests of East Central European CMEA Countries in Africa

Project B02

African-European Entangled Histories and Spatial Orders in “Berlin’s Africa”

Project B01

Between Reforming the Empire and Nation State Territorialization: The Transatlantic Cycle of Revolution 1770–1830

Project A05

The Spatial Impact of Microfinance Practices in India

Project A02

Peripherally Global: World Market Leaders in Rural Areas

Project A01

Between Urban Mass Culture and Transnational Entanglements, 1880–1930

2016 - 2020
Project A03

Taiwanese Religious Communities and their Internationalization Strategies (guojihua) since the 1980s

Project A04

Maras as Producers of Translocal Spaces of Violence in the Americas and Europe

Project B04

Remittances and a Transnational Moral Economy: El Salvador, Togo and the Philippines in a Comparative Perspective

Project B06

Gold Mining and New Regulations of (Sub)National Spaces in Africa

Project B08

Spatial Orders of Hunger: Food Insecurity in North Africa